Difficult synonyms

dĭf'ĭ-kŭlt', -kəlt

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Demanding great effort or labor; difficult:
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Harsh or severe in effect or intention:
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Requiring much physical effort; toilsome.
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Burdensome; laborious
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Characterized by or causing trouble, irritation, difficulty, distress, inconvenience, etc.
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Requiring effort or labor; difficult, laborious. [from 15th c.]
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The definition of strenuous is something that takes a lot of effort, work or energy to do.
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That tends to irk; tiresome or annoying
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The definition of abstruse is something that is nearly impossible to understand or figure out.
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The definition of bothersome is someone or something that is annoying or troublesome.
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Hard to lift or move because of great weight; weighty
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Causing physical or mental fatigue; tedious or tiresome.
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The definition of rigorous is something that is painfully exact or precise.
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Not easy to understand or analyze because of being intricate:
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Not simple; involved or complicated
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Made or done with great effort; not effortless and natural; strained
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Burdensome; wearing:
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Having a sexual relationship:
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Very difficult; toilsome
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Difficult to understand, analyze, or solve for having many interconnected elements.
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Having considerable weight; heavy.
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Causing difficulty, trouble, or discomfort
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Requiring the full application of one's abilities, attention, or resources:
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Of a size suitable for a man; larger than normal
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Difficult to understand; not clear as lacking order, chaotic etc
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Impossible to know or fathom:
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Likely to happen by accident or without intention:
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Anything that gets in the way or hinders; impediment; obstruction; hindrance
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Demanding great effort, skill, enterprise, etc.
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Very confusing, perplexing, or baffling, often due to a very large choice being available.
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The definition of gargantuan is enormous or gigantic.
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Extremely trying; exhausting
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Full of or tending to cause stress.
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Incapable of being changed; unalterable:
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Full of knots.
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Hard to understand
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Impossible to answer or refute; incontrovertible:
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The definition of exigent is pressing, demanding or urgent.
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Frantic; frenzied
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A famous strong, swirling tidal current off the W coast of Norway, hazardous to safe navigation
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(Logic) One of the basic states or classifications described by Aristotle into which all things can be placed; a category.
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(Figuratively) A perilous, mixed up and troubled situation; a hopeless tangle; a predicament.
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The definition of a quandary is a dilemma or a state of uncertainty.
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Something that causes great suffering or distress; affliction; trial
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Having unknown qualities
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Without humor or expression of happiness; grave in manner or disposition; earnest; thoughtful; solemn.
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Like a thorn; sharp
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Making difficult or irksome demands on a person's resources, patience, energy, etc.
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Provably not solvable.
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Difficult to undertake, surmount, or defeat:
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Full of tedium; long or verbose and wearisome; tiresome; boring
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The definition of delicate is someone or something that is subtle, fragile, frail or a skilled example of something.
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Hard to achieve
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Operating in a hidden, usually injurious way; insidious:
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Hard to understand
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Difficult to handle or manage:
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Characterized by digressions; rambling.
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Hard to understand; abstruse
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Stubborn is defined as being unwilling to change your opinion or stance, in spite of good reasons to.
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Detectable only by microscopic examination or chemical analysis, as a minute blood sample.
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Of, having the nature of, or expressing a paradox or paradoxes
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The definition of unintelligible is cannot be understood.
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That cannot be easily understood; completely obscure or mysterious; unfathomable; enigmatic
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The definition of inexplicable is something that cannot be explained or something for which there is no logical answer or reason.
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Hard to understand
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That cannot be understood; incomprehensible
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Hard to understand
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Capable of being ascribed to different motives, or of signifying opposite feelings, purposes, or characters; deserving to be suspected.
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Very abstract, abstruse, or subtle
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Discerning or perceiving easily; keen:
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Having eccentric ways; odd.
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Paying great or excessive attention to personal tastes and appearance; fastidious:
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The condition of being embroiled in something; an imbroglio or entanglement
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So bombastic and congested as to obscure meaning
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Not characterized by luxury or elaborate commitments:
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Generous; liberal.
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Lacking grace or easy charm; very formal:
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Requiring great physical exertion
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Demanding great care, patience, effort, etc.; arduous
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Having been obtained with effort, despite difficulty and hardship.
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Of great scope or consequence:
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Needing careful handling; precarious; delicate
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Difficult to understand; abstruse; hard to conceptualize. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.]
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So faintly perceptible as to lack clear delineation; indistinct:
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Hard to understand
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The definition of esoteric is something only understood by a chosen group.
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Spiritually significant or symbolic; allegorical
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Complicated and difficult to unravel.
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Very deep; very serious
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That vexes
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Extended over an irregular area; sprawling:
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Not strained or hard
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Leaving no track, or trail
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(Figuratively) unexplored
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The definition of recondite is something that is difficult or impossible for most to understand, or that most people don't know about.
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Hard to understand
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Unknown means something that people are not aware of or familiar with.
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(Informal) expensive
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(Idiomatic, sports) Performing at a level greatly superior to one's usual level of performance.
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Hard to understand
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Hard to understand
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Hard to understand
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Hard to understand
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Hard to understand
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Hard to understand
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Obstinately in the wrong; stubborn; intractable; hence, wayward; vexing; contrary.
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(Informal) Demanding, requiring above-normal care.
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That can be managed; controllable, tractable, contrivable, etc.
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Characterized by qualities suggestive of little weight; not dense, hard, full, etc.
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Stern or forbidding, as in manner or appearance:
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Opposed; contradictory; inconsistent.
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The definition of irritable is someone who is cranky, or who has the tendency to be grumpy and get mad easily.
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Difficult to alleviate or cure.
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Understood by only a few; obscure; requiring secret or mysterious knowledge.
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Of or belonging to the style of architecture developed from the fifth century ad in the Byzantine Empire, characterized especially by a central dome resting on a cube formed by four round arches and their pendentives and by the extensive use of surface decoration, especially veined marble panels, low relief carving, and colored glass mosaics.
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Extremely involved; intricate; complicated
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Alternative form of Delphic.
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Of a person, having a lot of hair on the body.
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Characterized by intense activity, confusion, or haste:
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Alternative capitalization of Herculean.
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Not perceptible to the touch; intangible.
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Defective and impossible to materially correct or set aright.
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Difficult to mold or manipulate:
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Physically resembling a labyrinth; with the qualities of a maze.
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Capable of, guilty of, or intending murder:
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The definition of opaque is not capable of having light pass through or hard to understand.
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Very busy; industrious
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Rough with small points or knobs, like a file; scaly or scabby
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Characterized by or requiring toil.
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The definition of trying is defined as an irritating person or thing.
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Marked by difficulty or strong resistance; laborious:
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Characterized by or filled with vicissitudes.
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Something not easily done, accomplished, comprehended, or solved:
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Any situation in which one must choose between unpleasant alternatives
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(Medicine) Impairment of function due to disease: respiratory embarrassment.
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(Gr. Legend, proper) A knot tied by King Gordius of Phrygia, which an oracle reveals will be undone only by the future master of Asia: Alexander the Great, failing to untie it, cuts the knot with his sword
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Something that impedes; a hindrance or obstruction.
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A difficult or painful experience, especially one that severely tests character or endurance.
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(Now chiefly dialectal) Responsibility for ensuing consequences; risk; danger; peril.
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A difficulty that has to be resolved or dealt with.
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A rip current.
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A misnaged, an opponent to Chassidic Judaism (more likely modern, for cultural reasons).
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The quality or state of being strenuous.
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Unpredictable changes or variations that keep occurring in life, fortune, etc.; shifting circumstances; ups and downs
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(Figuratively) Anything that involves constant violent or chaotic activity around some centre.
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(Law) To settle by agreeing on less than the claim, or on different terms than those stipulated.
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Acting, working, or done easily, or in a quick, smooth way; fluent; ready
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Not involving medical complications.
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The definition of straightforward is honest, direct and to the point.
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The definition of calm is someone or something who is peaceful and free from stress or worries.
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Clear; unencumbered; equal; fair.
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(Informal) Easy to use, operate, or understand
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Impressively great or difficult:
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The definition of burdensome is something that is hard to deal with, or that places too great of expectations.
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Requiring or showing effort.
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Difficult to cope with; causing hardship or depressed spirits:
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Difficult to operate or start:
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Perverse; inimical.
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Not easily controlled; stubbornly willful; contrary
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Not capable of being endured, used, agreed to, etc. because disagreeable or unsuitable
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Difficult or impossible to manage, control, or keep in order:
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Given to acting in opposition to others
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Hard to achieve
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Endless and toilsome, useless, etc.
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(Law, of an action) Commenced for the purpose of giving trouble, without due cause.
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Hard to achieve
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Able or likely to stick.
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(Physics) (of two quantum states) correlated, even though physically separated; (referring to a state of a composite system) not separable
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Impossible to account for; inexplicable:
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Having two or more possible meanings
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Thorough and painstaking in action or execution; conscientious:
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Not convenient, especially:
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Having an ugly or mean disposition
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Providing or having to do with support
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Alternative form of finnikin.
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Hard to achieve
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The definition of dark is someone or something not light in color, without light or sunshine, gloomy or evil.
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Of enormous scope, power, or influence:
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Synonym Study

  • Laborious suggests long, wearisome toil the laborious task of picking fruit
  • Arduous implies the need for diligent, protracted effort the arduous fight ahead of us
  • a difficult book
  • Difficult applies especially to that which requires great skill, intelligence, tact, etc. rather than physical labor a difficult situation
  • Hard , in this comparison, is the simple and general word for whatever demands great physical or mental effort hard work, a hard problem
Find another word for difficult. In this page you can discover 212 synonyms, antonyms, idiomatic expressions, and related words for difficult, like: arduous, hard, laborious, onerous, troublesome, exhausting, painful, strenuous, irksome, abstruse and bothersome.